Subtle Tones for Subtle Looks

Making Your Own Background

Hello Everyone!

Miae here, sharing my first ever post with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft®! I’m very excited to be a part of this guest design team.

There are so many wonderful options with Mix & Match from Faber Castell, it’s awesome! I decided to make a layout and share with you the different techniques I used to create this background.

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Let’s start with the blue and yellow flowers….


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I used a stencil as my guide and drew the outline with my Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.


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Next I filled in the petals ….wait for it….


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Just added water and voila! Watercolor painted flowers! The Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils let me draw my lines in so precisely then dissolved so smoothly into a painted look. Easy!


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I wanted to accentuate the petals so I outlined them with PITT® Pastel Pencils. Velvety smooth is all I can say!


Next I wanted to get some splatters on my page. My pages don’t feel quite right to me unless I have something splattered or dripped!


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I took both my Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and PITT® Artist Pen and drew on the craft mat to get the color I wanted then spritzed with water.


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Then I took a stipple brush and flicked color around! Fun!


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For my final flower I first made my concoction: Stamper’s Big Brush Pen drawn on palette, a small spray of water to liquefy color, and a scoop of molding paste. Next I mixed the whole lot until I got my beautiful pink paste.


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I applied the paste over stencil…love that texture and color!


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After the flower dried, I placed the stencil down again and brushed over the center petals with the Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, smudging with my fingers over the wet ink.

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It gave the flower a bit more depth and dimension, don't you think?


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The final close up is my flower a bit more dressed up with some stamping, embellishments, and outlining with my Essential PITT® Artist Pen with the XS nib.


The rest of the background was simply a cluster of layered stamping. After that is was just at matter of adding my photo and title! 

And that is it for today! Until next time..Cheers!

Supply List

Art Grip® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils #105, 111, 147, 153

PITT® Pastel Pencils #101, 109, 113, 151, 153

Stamper's Big Brush Pen #133 Magenta

PITT® Artist Pen #290 Ruby Metallic

Essential PITT® Artist Pen #199 XS, S Black

Other Supplies:

Bazzill Cardstock

Golden Molding Paste

Ranger Mini Mister

Stazon Ink

Flower Stencil by Plaid

Prima Alphas, Bling

7 Gypsies Stamps

G Studio Stamps

Autumn Leaves Stamps

Bird by Michaels


Miae Rowe Sometime ago I discovered this thing called scrapbooking and it's fair to say I'm an addict! I love color, I love texture, I love putting all that together! Life with my Aussie husband and our 2 daughters is full of plenty of adventures for me to photograph and get creative with...fodder for the fuel!






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Vivian K

Totally gorgeous!!!


looooooooooove!! Thanks for the tutorials.. very inspiring!!


I've always admired your mixed media pages and wonderful great to see this tutorial about how it all came together! Love how you used the products, Miae!

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